Ilminster - Honiton A303 survey shows 97% of motorists want improvements

Ilminster - Honiton A303 survey shows 97% of motorists want improvements

Ilminster - Honiton A303 survey shows 97% of motorists want improvements

First published in News Chard & Ilminster News: Photograph of the Author by

ATTEMPTS to improve a link road from Ilminster to Honiton have taken another step forward.

Bosses at Somerset County Council and Devon County Council have looked at ways to improve that stretch of the A303.

In a survey they found that 80% of people think congestion is an issue and a resounding 97% wanted improvements made to the route.

Issues included:

  • A lack of overtaking opportunities
  • Congestion on the road itself and at its junctions
  • Concerns over safety
  • Slow journey times due to heavy goods vehicles

Cllr Nigel Pearson, who represents Chard North, said he is trying to keep the matter of improving the road in the spotlight to ensure that the work goes ahead.

He said: “I requested a progress update on the improvements, and this was reluctantly agreed to and will be taking place shortly.

“I followed this up by highlighting the problems at the Eagle Tavern junction at the full county council meeting, and an announcement on improvements to the A303 is expected in the autumn statement.”

Cllr David Hall, deputy leader of the county council, said the findings from the survey underline the serious shortcomings of the route.

He said: “This demonstrates that there’s real support for improvement, even by stages.

“We’re working hard with our partners on our case with the Government to improve the whole route as it’s a key strategic artery into the West Country.

“The economic benefits of upgrading this road are very significant for the entire region.

“We eagerly look forward to hearing the Government’s response.”

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7:45pm Sat 21 Jun 14

orchardman says...

Now let's be sensible, the Prime Minister recently said he wanted to see the A40 in Buckinghamshire upgraded to dual carriageway because the true blue commuters don't like getting caught up in congestion. A local Councillor wants to see the 303 dualled to avoid the problems generated by the volume of traffic. Which one is more likely to get priority?. Pretty much the same as the floods. For al the promises made, we get some dredging, a little financial assistance people had to jump through hoops for, yet I read in the national press that major flood prevention measures are more than likely to be approved for the Slough/ Windsor areas. Not hard to see where priorities lie, especially with a general election in the offing.
Now let's be sensible, the Prime Minister recently said he wanted to see the A40 in Buckinghamshire upgraded to dual carriageway because the true blue commuters don't like getting caught up in congestion. A local Councillor wants to see the 303 dualled to avoid the problems generated by the volume of traffic. Which one is more likely to get priority?. Pretty much the same as the floods. For al the promises made, we get some dredging, a little financial assistance people had to jump through hoops for, yet I read in the national press that major flood prevention measures are more than likely to be approved for the Slough/ Windsor areas. Not hard to see where priorities lie, especially with a general election in the offing. orchardman
  • Score: 7

6:41pm Sun 22 Jun 14

peterla says...

Improving the road is not the answer. When I fist drove on the M1 it was empty, now it is full. Improve the road and you will get even more traffic. The answer is better public transport and encouraging freight to go by train. If people want to have a dual carriageway through that part of the Blackdowns so be it but it is an iconic bit of road and probably the only stretch that lifts the heart, in business terms it is probably worth millions to the West Country tourist trade.

Dare I mention Global warming? We need to cut traffic not increase it.

Peter Lansdown
Secretary
South Somerset Green Party
Improving the road is not the answer. When I fist drove on the M1 it was empty, now it is full. Improve the road and you will get even more traffic. The answer is better public transport and encouraging freight to go by train. If people want to have a dual carriageway through that part of the Blackdowns so be it but it is an iconic bit of road and probably the only stretch that lifts the heart, in business terms it is probably worth millions to the West Country tourist trade. Dare I mention Global warming? We need to cut traffic not increase it. Peter Lansdown Secretary South Somerset Green Party peterla
  • Score: -4

7:21pm Sun 22 Jun 14

bluedart says...

What causes the congestion?

Tell us that and then we will have something to go on.
What causes the congestion? Tell us that and then we will have something to go on. bluedart
  • Score: -2

9:50am Mon 23 Jun 14

Plymouthboy says...

Just get on and build the road that all sensible people know the South West has needed for years!! The A30 across Bodmin Moor hasn't caused a melt down of the moor!!
Just get on and build the road that all sensible people know the South West has needed for years!! The A30 across Bodmin Moor hasn't caused a melt down of the moor!! Plymouthboy
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